Game Review Rangers lose 4-1

Hey groove cats and hip chicks it’s me e3 and I’m about to lay some serious fury on yo azzes.

Momma said there’d be days like this, days like this my momma said. Well, you can’t win every game, unless of course you’re the Columbus Blue Jackets, so there’s no reason to go to the roof and jump.

Now if you feel that you can’t go on because all your hope is gone. And your life is filled with much confusion, until happiness is just an illusion. And your world around is crumbling ‘ down….Darling, reach out, come on girl, reach on out for me. Reach out, reach out for me. I’ll be there, with a love that will shelter you. I’ll be there, with a love that will see you through.

On to the game.

1) Very clever strategy by the Rangers going into this game. No need to go all out against a team as bad as Buffalo. Not with Filthy tomorrow night on the road followed by the red hot Blue Jackets. Good lord. What’s up with CBJ? I haven’t witnessed anything this blistering since Ferris Buehler’s sister sent word to their school principal, who was breaking into their home, not to bother her as she had a scorching case of herpes.

2) And it’s not that the Sabres are so bad, it’s that every other team in the Eastern Conference is so much better. Buffalo leads the East in fewest points earned and they’ve done with an incredible offense. Incredibly bad. That can’t score. Coming in they’d lost 7 of 8. After tonight make that 7 of 9. The Rangers left an odor on the ice that rivals my best laid cable. I haven’t dropped a load that stunk that bad since I drank a half gallon of sour milk 2 years ago (don’t ask).

3) Buffalo goalie Harry Nillson, sang in 1969, “Rangers aren’t shooting at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying. Only the echoes of my mind. Those lyrics were quite profound it turns out. Harry was a great ole boy. Great singer and songwriter. He holed up John Lennon during his lost weekend in 1974. Loved Brandy Alexanders. Sidebar: One of my colleagues, now emeritus , did his undergrad at UCLA in the early-mid 1970’s  and worked part time delivering pizzas. So, one day he pulls up in front of this massive estate, think it was in Beverly Hills, knocks on the door and who should answer?  John Lennon. He invites my colleague inside and as he walks in, there’s Ringo Starr sitting in a chair. Harry Nilsson is mixing drinks, and Keith Moon was blathering on and on and on about something. Completely blown away, he could have stayed and hung out, but instead he did the one thing that made no sense at all. He walked out, jumped into his car, and sped off to deliver his next pizza to, no doubt, some stiff.

4) No one can say the Rangers weren’t ready to play. They came out energized looking to get an early jump on the Sabres right from the opening puck drop. For the paying customers, there shouldn’t have been any complaints as evidenced by the fact that it only took 10 minutes to get their first SOG. Not to be outdone, it only took another 5 minutes to get shot number two.

5) That end of the ice produced even worse results in the third. Down 4-1, the Rangers didn’t get their first SOG in the final period until 15 minutes had ticked off the clock. Impressive indeed.

6) To win consistently in the NHL, a team needs to have skill, play with passion, bring a high level of energy to the rink, have solid goaltending, and remain healthy. Tonight, no skill, no passion, no energy, poor net minding, but, no one was hurt. So there’s that.

7) Rangers couldnt make 2 passes tape to tape all night. Instead, it was tape to skate, tape to leg, tap to backside, tape to a Sabre, tape to no player from either team, tape to the boards only to be retrieved by a Sabre, tape to the end of the rink for icing, and best, tape to a fan in the crowd from their own without hitting anything on its way. Oh well, at least the fan made the save.

8) Such terrible execution. Simple things like passing the puck to a teammate should be as routine as breathing for these guys. How about making a good line change? What was Zucc doing on the Sabres’ second goal? Changing lines are supposed to be done as a unit. Zucc staying on long after THE and Step went off was bad enough, but he skated around like he didn’t have a care in the world. Taking longer to change than my morning visit to the can is not smart hockey. It’s not good hockey. It’s lazy hockey. And it led directly to a goal.

9) The first Sabres’ goal was a horrid display of defensive hockey by the boys in blue. Stepan and Shay were doing something for sure. But covering their man wasn’t one of them. As a result, THE was confused on who to cover so he did the smart thing: he didn’t mark anybody. Rangers trail 1-0. At least it wasn’t the Sabres’ first or second  shot this game that wound up in the back of the net.

10) The third Buffalo goal was a trifecta or errors by Ein Klein. Lolly gagging back to chase down a rolling puck, he then allowed E. Kane to out hustle him in making a play with the puck as it was poked off his stick to a waiting Beetle Bailey who had to pause as Klein went snow angeling by allowing Beetle Bailey to be yet another opposing player get his first NHL goal against the NYR.

11) A smart opposing strategy against the Rangers would be to call up 5 or 10 minor league players making their NHL debut and Viola, instant 5 goals. What could go wrong?

12) The Rangers were highly energized for a brief spell in the second and even scored a goal. It would be their first and last shining  moment. In the third, on the PK, was a demonstration of running around chasing the puck the way a team of 9 year old girls chase a soccer ball around the field. Like a swarm of bees hoping for a chance to dance with the Queen, if only for a second.

13) What went wrong? Playing unispired hockey certainly isn’t the fault of  AV. He lets the leadership motivate the group. Maybe the leadership’s message isn’t being heard. Maybe the leadership isn’t delivering a message. Maybe the leadership’s message is convoluted. Maybe AV needs to take out the juicy fruit and start going Knute Rockney on his team.

14) Speaking of AV and his gum chewing, does anyone else get a dose of lockjaw whenever the TV camera stays on him for a few seconds? His jaw moves up and down like a jackhammer on crack. How much does he spend on gum in a day? Want a hot stock tip that will make you richer than you’d ever imagine? Find out what brand of gum he chews and invest everything you own in that companies’ stock. The DOW is approaching 20,000 largely on the strength of AV’s molars. Buy buy buy. It’s a bull market.

15) If you can’t execute, and you play listless hockey, and you take your opponent for granted, your team will lose. And that’s what happened against the Sabres. Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Next two games are important, no doubt. This group has too much pride not to turn it around next game.

16) I fully expect a bounce back effort against the Flyers and I won’t be surprised in the least if our boys come out flying and get the two points. And now it’s on to filthy and let’s win there.

17) As there was nothing positive to take from this game, and as depressing it is to hark on all that was negative, I’ll end this review and allow your voices to be heard. Let us go forth in peace.

my three Rangers’ stars:

1. Gnash; 2. Zbinajad; 3. Buchnevich.

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132 thoughts on “Game Review Rangers lose 4-1”

  1. Thanks for the review E3.

    I did skip over point #3, but it is late. Since your review was posted 4 minutes after my comments, I am reposting….

    This was probably one of the worst performances by the Rangers in quite a while.

    Klein passed one right to the Sabres, Mcdonagh right to the Sabres. who else? Girardi had a terrible game.

    Clendenning should be in tomorrow.

    Zucc missed a back check on one goal. Holden missed a back check on a goal. Just no commitment to Defense by the whole team tonight.

    The Rangers are icing two fourth lines, but they were not good. The offense was not good tonight either, except for the Kreider line.

    What happened to Kevin Hayes? Miller made some good plays, especially on that goal.

    The good thing is that they play tomorrow, I expect a much better game.

    3 stars: Holden, Kreider, Miller

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  2. Who is here to inspire this bunch when they need a kick in the azz? I hate to say it, but I think Secretariat was correct that McDonagh is too quiet. A Fotiu or a Glass or an Asham or even a Carcillo might have lit the fire last night. We have no one anywhere near any of them in terms of pizzazz.

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  3. The real question is what bothers boneheads more…guys scoring their first ever goals against the NYR or former NYR scoring against them?

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  4. I hope there were no injuries. The captain took a shot off the foot late in the game on the pk. We don’t need to add injury to insult

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  5. Tomb / no arguement with your post. That game was lost the moment they skated onto the ice. As putrid as Ive seen in awhile.
    But come to fight and run away, live to fight another day.

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  6. Great job, E3. Thanks.

    To your point number 11, I was thinking the same thing. The coach would be crazy not to dress guys looking for their first goal.

    ::: In the last ten and a half seasons or 426 home games the rangers have allowed 431 “first NHL goals”::: -(@TBSMUFE)

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  7. Thanks for the review E3, funny stuff made my morning after watching that debacle! This is just my opinion but that was truly a shameful representation of the sweater! And Hank is beginning to look like a fish out of water! 8 million dollar man at this point is just laughable, and he’s our back stop for how many more years? And AV please just send Girardi home!

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  8. Goo morning, boneheads!
    Great review, Eddie3. Your sense of humor helps, otherwise this one would be difficult to digest.
    No show? Mail it in? Discombobulated? Miscombobulated? ( I miss JR )
    I’ll go with a medical description. Lethargic. They all need to be tested for Infectious Mononucleosis in their system. Move on.

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  9. Glad I didn’t get to watch the game. I would have thrown something at the television. I do have to say this: when the Rangers put up a stinker they go all out.

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  10. consistency is the hallmark of a good team. Similar to last year with a blistering hot start and then up and down the rest of the season. The October Champs again?
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    E3 – don’t that game ruin your morning constitutional. Concentrate, unlike your boys in blue did last night. Great review. I would have stayed just to party with Keith Moon with that group.
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    Missed the game and my DVR was on the fritz when I went to review prior to bed. A good omen it seems.
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    C-Dubb – your stat is accurate going by memory. I am more annoyed by the ex-Rangers scoring more than the rook but the Minor League goalie shutting them down is a strong first though.
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    First!

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  11. The sample size is getting large enough so that we have to consider the possibility that Hank is now an average NHL goalie. He will have good nights and bad nights, but, will not steal games on a consistent basis like he used to. That means they can’t take a night off like they did last night and have a chance to still win.
    Shay butter’s play has really gone down hill recently. Is third pair his ceiling?
    Did Zucc sit a few shifts after his doing a Kovy on the second goal? How about a TO to tell them they are playing like sheet instead of saving it for a coach’s challenge on the fifth Sabre goal?
    Oo the plus side maybe the Pens are not that much better than them. They can look horrible against bad teams too. Just really painful to watch. Let’s see if they show up for Philly.

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  12. Well done E3. This game had the passion of a France vs China women’s hockey game in the olympics. Like your plumber working on your septic tank,it was really hard to watch & had to look away on several occasions. The boys were doing their once typical play-down to the inferior opponent’s level. I thought they may have given up that habit after the last road trip but I guess its still in their DNA. And to answer Scottsdale Ranger’s question, the first career goal scoring by nobodys are the most infuriating thing aboot this team, followed closely by 1)making backup nobody goalies look like Ken Dryden, and 2) ex-ranger players scoring against them. Filth in the metro.

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  13. Woke this AM still chuckling over Carp’s 1/3 3:37 where he said to battling Canada/Penguin fans, “I really don’t follow hockey.”

    Reminds me of a story Eric Burdon (of the Animals) told about being stranded one night in a strange city, and trying to drown his sorrows over a busted relationship, headed out alone from his hotel and wandered into a karaoke bar whereupon, anonymously, after a few boilermakers, he headed up to the mic and sang ‘House of the Rising Sun.’

    When he returned to his stool, the bartender put a shot and a beer in front of him and said, “On me. Not bad, Bud.”

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  14. At least the bartender recognized the talent. Reminds me of when Joshua Bell, world famous violinist, played for 45 minutes during rush hour at the DC Metro on his $3.5 million violin and nobody cared or stopped to listen. Then 40 people were surveyed about whether they noticed anything unusual about their commute and only one guy, a postal worker, had noticed the violinist. And, to the postal worker’s credit, he couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the violinist was.

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  15. To me the biggest problem is easily the defense. The offense will be fine, especially when the virtual first line gets back. Let’s see what Gorton does here. If he does nothing it tells me that he doesn’t expect them to go far this spring and will make a lot of changes in the summer.

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  16. E3
    Fantastic review as always!!

    Team, when healthy, will still need to make roster improvements. It’s a long season but the sky isn’t falling. Too bad metro is crazy good right now.

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  17. Hank make have long ago hit the vertex of the parabolic arc representing the quality of his play. Given y=-ax^2 + bx + c, with a>0, we can only hope that a = [1/10, 1/100] to prolong what little quality he still has left in the proverbial tank.

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  18. Even the Chinese Fireplace was unimpressed by the effort last night. Second comments on HL – not sure if it was the 2nd or 3rd goal but that shot getting past (and behind) him was not one he would have let by even a year ago. Just have to hope the good games outnumber the bad, but time the team stop expecting him to save their ass. Also believe the Girardi situation is going to be decided by the GM telling AV its ok to put him upstairs for the next 60 games. And this team really needs an Avery. Or just Avery. Say what you will, he was always ready to go and his ADHD was contagious.

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  19. you’ll all be whistling a different tune when we get our guys back. We can scrape some of the barnacles off of our 3rd and 4th lines and then get back to our regularly scheduled program of league and universe domination.

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  20. E3, smooth as glass. Relatively, though not completely pain-free, expansive, stretched us, just long enough to create a ripple or two, not corny, a straight-shooter all the way. Oh, and nice game report, too!

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  21. Thx Norm, Noble wines, Ricardo, and to anyone wise that either watched that sad sack of a game or read thru my lame review….

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  22. Any word yet if Raanta plays tonight? Got to get the Prozac out of the water bottles tonight or they will get run out of the building. Someone like Avery would help. An agitator with some skill, but, less of an A-hole. They are pretty vanilla and if the offense isn’t clicking it can quickly become a snooze fest

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  23. AV’s typical approach when goaltenders are healthy is to switch goaltenders in back to backs in which they travel between games. The only recent time he broke it was when Raanta was starting over healthy scratch Lundqvist.

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  24. Avery Avery he’s our man, if he can’t do it no one can.

    Ranger goal, his 4th of the game, and 53rd on the season, number 16, Sean,The Ultimate Man of Fashion, the man who’ll throw rocks at your car, the man who loveshis Free OJ (pun not intended), Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvery!!!

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  25. E3, you did a great job, as usual. It’s pretty clear that you are the preferred reviewer of many people here.

    Unfortunately for them, it is back to our regularly scheduled programming tonight.

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  26. Doodie – my brutha from anutha mutha, I be just keeping the seat warm for you while you be keeping the seat warm for Ricardo “The Corinthian Leather Montelbalm” Carputha, our utha brutha from anutha mutha.

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  27. You’re right, he had him go back to back with the Capitals/Coyotes and then Predators/Devils. Welp, there goes AV’s prior practice of switching. Four opportunities thus far this season and he only switched once.

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  28. When the bjs set the record this weekend will torts openly celebrate harder because it’s against the Rangers?

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  29. Is that question rhetorical, Eric? lol make no mistake the Rangers (especially those that contributed to the firing of JT, aren’t interested in having that team come break that record on their home turf.

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  30. Eric, patience, man. Your dreams of Rangers devastation and destruction may have to wait a while. It will come, though, not to worry. This team you despise will lose, tragically, the coach will be fired, the GM will be fired, the new roster will be even more tragically put together, and you will have your day in the sun!

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  31. Rangers can’t even solve Ander Nilsson and I keep talking about how I hope they can solve Matt Murrray. SMH.
    Speaking of goalies, isn’t our fearless leader the one who has been telling us since the beginning of time (and the old RR) that this team goes nowhere without Lundqvist? That means we have 3 scenarios that can play out:
    1) Lundqvist catches fire down the stretch and puts the team on his back for a nice run.
    2) The forwards everyone keeps speaking of today will all come back healthy and we win “run and gun” games 6-5 and 7-4.
    3) We go nowhere….

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  32. Very True BDL. I’ve always just gotten on him for being a goober and an interception machine. He may be afraid to take a hit, but let’s get real- 108 regular-season victories and 210 consecutive starts (playoffs included) and 2 Super Bowl championships. Critcs won’t realize what they have until he’s gone. They should look up predecessors Kurt Warner, Danny Kanell, Kerry Collins, Kent Graham and my personal favorite Dave Brown (who may have caused me enough stress to get childhood cancer) if they think he’s nothing more than a middle of the pack QB.
    I mean, he’s a goober..But a special one IMHO. If they beat GB they’ll make the Superbowl. Whether they can do that is going to be nerve racking to watch

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  33. Eli is currently 21st all time I. Picks thrown. Of the 20 guys in front of him, 13 are either in the hall or will bein the hall (Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees).

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  34. Great find by CCCP with that Torts post-game presser. If I were the Rangers coach last night I would have told the press to watch that video because it sums up their effort, or lack thereof.

    I just hope that it was nothing more than a trap game for the Rangers given the Philly game tonight and the matchup with Columbus on Saturday where the Rangers can be a part of history.

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  35. Eli rules. As he starts his 200th consecutive game I’m sure he wishes he was taking hits like Tony Romo or RG3 or some other idiot who can’t stay healthy if their life depended on it.

    Gmen 31
    Cheez Whiz 0

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  36. Bulldog – I bet Eli is #1 in red zone pics. It’s not that Eli throws a lot of interceptions, it’s where they are and the timing that hurts. And this year he just hasn’t made good decisions.

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  37. We all grow up being taught the admonition, “do not judge a book by its cover”, and I think we all know from our personal experience what great advice that is. And yet we all do it–I should say I always catch myself doing it–every day of our lives. Manning’s facial expression has nothing to do with anything, AV’s gum-chewing, same thing, but the temptation to infer something about character overwhelms. For instance, I know exactly what E3 looks like without ever having met him–he seems always to be grunting for some reason.

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  38. Don’t know about red-zone picks (yet), but the Giants are dead in the middle in red-zone QB rating–Miami first, Jets last. Research team looking up picks.

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  39. Norm – over the years Eli has been notorious poor in the redzone. Whether it’s a pic or having to settle for three, it’s been bad. Last year the exception…perhaps

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  40. Inconsistent Eli,
    12 straight 3,000 yard passing season, in those he threw for 4,000 six times. 11 seasons of 20 or TD passes, including 3 seasons in which he threw 30. This is his 6th playoff appearance in his 12 full seasons as the starter.

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  41. Thanks, guys. [Posts results]

    Red Zone picks:
    6-
    Fitzpatrick
    3-
    Stafford; Barkley; Brees; Smith
    2-
    Rivers; Cousins; Manning; Newton; Bortles; Roethlisberger
    1-
    Brady; Bradford; Griffin; Ryan; Jones; Goff; Carr; Anderson; Prescott; Wentz; Palmer; Osweiler

    Geez, E3, now I have to look up red-zone for his career? Thanks, buddy. Anything to keep you on the straight and narrow.

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  42. One more thing about inconsistent Eli,
    He is 7th all tie in TD passes.
    8th all time in passing yards (will go over 50,000 yards next season).
    7th all time in completions.
    And as I mentioned before, 21stnall time in interceptions thrown.

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  43. Its a QB league; if you dont have a decent QB who can understand the mental game, tough to win many PO games. Cowgirls may have Oline to take pressure off but the kid will have to make reads eventually and make mistakes.
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    Lets not forget the Gints Oline has been a patchwork quilt for most of his years.

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  44. E3, 3,000 yards as a passer is not a noteworthy achievement in the 2000s. 25 guys threw for 3,000 yards this year, and two more who didn’t play all 16 games were within 50 yards (Osweiler missed by only 5).

    Even 4,000 yards isn’t that impressive. Eli was one of 13 guys this year.

    All of the high end of the numbers you quote are the numbers for about a third of the league on average for the past 5 or 6 years or so. It’s really not that impressive.

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  45. He’s 21st on the list of interceptions, but he’s only 5 INTs behind Brees. Brees has thrown 18,000 more yards than Eli with only 5 more INTs. Peyton has 36 more INTs on 24,000 more yards. Brady has less 63 INTs on 13,000 more yards.

    He’s had a long career during the era in which the league switched to the passing league that it is today. Honestly, Eli is just a pretty good QB with two amazing playoff runs.

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  46. Just looking at some of Eli’s contemporaries: Peyton had a run of 15 leading up to his final season, Brees has done it 13 times in a row, Big Ben and Phil Rivers will both make it 12 next year, Brady would have easily done it had he not blown out his knee that one year. Not many other QBs out there who have played in this era as long as Eli.

    His numbers just aren’t that impressive. I’m sorry.

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  47. Exhaustive research indicates Manning has averaged 2.67 red-zone interceptions over his career (from 2005, 1st full season), averaging 11th place in that category (where 1st place is bad). Indeed, not his strong suit!

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  48. Lucky (not really lucky) for Manning and his HOF ticket, amazing playoff runs are what it’s all about.

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  49. Doodie – you mistakenly aimed your 4:52 at me rather than the bulldog. Im a huge Giants’ fan and I hope they go deep and Eli plays lights out. I’m like Kooz tho, lately, this whole season in fact, he scares the turds out of me. And believe me, I don’t have turds to spare….

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  50. Love all the Eli talk! For as many fits as that goober gives me, yous better believe I’ll be wearing my #11 jersey when I get dressed Sunday morning

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  51. And whether Eli is pretty good or great, his fingers have two more tan lines at the end of summer that Hanka Hanka may never have after a sun kissed day in Sweden so…

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  52. BTW, Lundqvist is going directly to the HOF and the rafters as the best goalie in franchise history. But wouldn’t you trade Eli’s career — zero playoff wins other than the two Super Bowl years, but two rings — for Hank’s? I mean, if Lundqvist missed the playoffs or was one-and-done every year other than two years in which he won the Cup, wouldn’t you make that swap and live with the bad years?

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  53. NEW POST ?
    Yo Jabroni’s,
    Just a friendly reminder, with the utmost hatred in mind for the Flygurls.
    The boys & sweet Dee are back tonight, 9PM on FXX. Best new era comedy show ever, In My not so Humble Opinion. Let’s get Charlie after those Rats, post-haste.
    Set your DVR’s &
    LGR !!!

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